Thumbs DOWN to Perkins Township trustees for not even listening to the citizens' committee that looked into the possibility of merging Sandusky and Perkins police dispatch operations -- even as a precursor to a countywide dispatch system, which members of the committee say they would have ultimately supported. Props to trustee Tim Coleman for at least raising the question in public, but the official response seems to be shelve-and-ignore. Disagreeing with the committee is one thing, and is part and parcel of community involvement in the governmental process, but to not even acknowledge the work? That's bush league.
Thumbs UP to drive-up flu shots, as offered by Firelands Regional Medical Center in the Cedar Point parking lot -- anything to get attention for the need to guard yourself against an inconvenience at best and a dangerous, debilitating disease at worst. If you missed the drive-up event -- there's another one Tuesday -- area health departments are offering more conventional inoculation sessions around the area. Either way, it's cheap insurance.
Thumbs UP to Rebecca Pace, whose foster-parenting efforts garnered her first countywide recognition and now statewide recognition as foster parent of the year. To reach out to troubled kids, particularly older kids who are more difficult to place in foster homes, and make them your own for at least a little while -- that takes a special person. Stand a little prouder if it's your privilege to know this lady.
Thumbs UP to Kahri Grant, Sandusky born and bred and Sandusky High alum who brought his love of learning Spanish back to his hometown, hoping to communicate another texture, as well as a love of learning, to another generation of young Sanduskians. Let's hope his special combination of giving back and giving forward inspires more of the same among his young learners.
Thumbs UP to the centennial of the Oak Harbor Library, which started as a ladies' literary society in a long-vanished building and now is part of the literary and cultural life of the community.
Thumbs UP and a batch of wings to the reopening of PTL Pub & Grub. The wing-and-burger bar on Milan Road might have been a goner after a recent fire, but a planned football party turned into a fundraiser. The larger point is: A local business didn't close. You take your good news where you can find it.